Zinedine Zidane praises Gareth Bale after Real Madrid goal against Arsenal but still wants rid of the Welshman

first_imgGareth Bale remains a fringe figure at Real Madrid (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Zinedine Zidane had some kind words for Gareth Bale after the Welshman scored for Real Madrid against Arsenal on Tuesday night, but insists his future still remains elsewhere.Bale came on to score in a 2-2 draw with the Gunners in Maryland, before Real won the match on penalties.Zidane was impressed with the winger’s commitment and his display in the pre-season friendly, but it has done little to convince him that he should retain his services.The Real boss has made it very clear that he wants to sell the former Spurs man this summer, and he is sticking to his guns.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He put in a good performance and I’m pleased for him,’ said Zidane. ‘Nothing has changed, you know the situation.‘He played today, he wanted to and he did a good job.‘He wanted to be with us today; he trained normally and played the match. I make the decisions and he played one half.‘We’ll have to see what happens. He’s still here with us at this stage.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBale scored in the 56th minute for Real after coming on for Eden Hazard at half-time, halving his side’s deficit after Arsenal took a 2-0 lead through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Marco Asensio levelled things up taking the match to penalties where Bale missed his spot-kick but Real won 3-2 after misses from Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal and Robbie Burton.Asensio went off injured in the second half, with a seemingly serious knee ligament injury, which could see him miss the entirety of the coming season.However, Zidane confirmed that the fitness problem would not change his opinion on Bale: ‘We are all touched by Marco’s injury and we are all hoping it is not as serious as it looks, but it has nothing to do with Bale’s position.’Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who labelled Zidane a ‘disgrace’ insists his client could still have a future in Madrid and will not be pushed out of the club.‘There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,’ Bale’s agent Barnett told Sky Sports. ‘Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.’Gareth is a Real Madrid player and for now he’s staying as a Real Madrid player ‘If something comes along that suits us, then things could change and he could be gone in a day or a week. ‘Or he could still be a Real player in three years when his contract ends.’MORE: Lille respond to Manchester United offer for Liverpool transfer target Nicolas PepeMORE: Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Liverpool transfer plans amid Nicolas Pepe and Philippe Coutinho links Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Zinedine Zidane praises Gareth Bale after Real Madrid goal against Arsenal but still wants rid of the Welshmancenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sprint Series of Oklahoma opens at Ardmore

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. – Sprint Series of Oklahoma drivers and officials are gearing up for a double-header weekend at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers from across Oklahoma and north Texas have expressed their in­tentions on competing in one or both events that kick off the 2018 race season for the SSO. Friday’s feature will pay $700 to win while Saturday’s main event pays $750 to win. Both events are complete shows with no automatic transfers from Friday to Saturday; both nights pay a mini­mum of $250 to start the feature.Friday night grandstand admission prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. All pit passes are $30. Saturday spectator admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids while pit passes are $35.Gates open both nights at 5:00 p.m. with race action slated for 7:30 p.m.Two-time and defending series champion Andy Shouse will be back and looking for a three-peat championship in 2018Touring regulars Joe Wood Jr., Cody Whitworth, Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Josh Toho, Mike Scott, Blake Scott, Eric Matthews, Jerry Jumper, Dillon Laden, Justin Mowery, 2018 rookie of the year Tristan Oakes and Tanner Conn are all expected to be on hand.Several drivers from the North Texas area have indicated their intentions on making the trip to Ardmore including Sterling Hoff, Chad Koch, Kevin Ramey, Taylor Courtney, Chip Graham, Mi­chael Day and Robert Vetter.Rain and saturated track conditions forced cancelation of the March 3 scheduled opener at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker.Seventeen dates are on this year’s schedule for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwestlast_img read more

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World Baseball Classic: Israel thumped, Mexico ousted

first_img“We just didn’t pitch well tonight,” Israel manager Jerry Weinstein said. “We got behind in the count and made non-competitive pitches and big league hitters will make you pay for that.”The Netherlands and Israel are both 1-1 in Pool E. The top two teams advance to the March 20-22 championship round in Los Angeles.Israel’s next game is against Japan (1-0) on Wednesday, while the Netherlands faces Cuba.Mexico 11, Venezuela 9: Esteban Quiroz and Brandon Laird each hit a three-run homer for Mexico early Monday at the World Baseball Classic.Despite the victory, Mexico was eliminated. Venezuela will play Italy in a one-game tiebreaker Monday night, with the winner advancing to the second round.Venezuela rallied for an 11-10 victory over Italy in 10 innings on Saturday.Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0. Mexico was eliminated on a tiebreaker runs allowed per inning played.At first, however, Venezuela players thought they were the team that had been knocked out. The World Baseball Classic Twitter account initially announced that Monday’s tiebreaker game would be between Mexico and Italy. But then officials informed Venezuela of the correct calculation in the club’s locker room. The original tweet was deleted, and Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said his players were surprised to hear the good news. TOKYO — Didi Gregorius drove in five runs Monday to lead the Netherlands over Israel 12-2 and hand the tournament debutants their first loss of the World Baseball Classic.Gregorius doubled in a run in the third when the Netherlands scored four to take a 6-0 lead. The designated hitter then hit a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 10-0.Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs. The game was called after eight innings under the 10-run mercy rule.Israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 in the first round in Seoul but saw a different team on Monday at Tokyo Dome. Jair Jurrjens picked up the win after striking out five and holding Israel to one run on five hits over six innings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “We lost to Israel in the first round so we wanted to make sure we made no mistakes in today’s game with pitching, offense and defense,” Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said. “J.J. did a great job holding them and we were able to score some big runs early.”Wladimir Balentien, who plays in Japan, also had a big night at the plate, driving in three runs.“We are a great hitting team and we believe in ourselves and that’s what you saw tonight — 15 hits,” Balentien said.Israel surprised many by winning its first four games of the tournament but was overpowered by the Netherlands, which lost 8-6 in 11 innings to Japan on Sunday.Israel starter Corey Baker took the loss after giving up four runs on three hits over two innings.last_img read more

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